Baseball Gryphs knocked out of quarter-finals

AJAX – The Guelph Gryphons saw their OUA baseball season come to an end Friday when they were blanked 6-0 by the Toronto Varsity Blues in the league’s championship tournament at the Pan-Am Ballpark.

Toronto opened the quarter-final with three runs in the first inning and they added two more in the fourth and one in the seventh on a solo homer by Mateos Kekatos.

The Gryphs struggled on the basepaths as they had three runners picked off in the first five innings and a fielding error in the first led to two unearned runs.

Mitchell Over got the start on the mound for the Gryphs and Nathan Kramer relieved in the seventh. Toronto threw Graham Tebbit who held Guelph to five hits and a walk in eight innings and he also had eight strikeouts. Andrew Greig relieved in the eighth.

The Blues used their speed as they had three stolen bases in the first inning including a steal of home by Michael Deluca for the opening run of the game. The other two Toronto runs in the first inning were unearned thanks to an error in the Guelph outfield.

Gabriel Nakonechny doubled in a run in the fourth inning while Deluca also singled a run home.

Guelph’s biggest threat came in the second when Nick Interisano and Troy Lacoste hit singles, but a double play by Toronto and a pickoff put an end to the threat.

In other games in the tournament, the Waterloo Warriors doubled the host Ryerson Rams 6-3 and the McMaster Marauders downed the Windsor Lancers 11-7 in the opening round. In the other quarter-final matches, the Queen’s Gaels dropped the Western Mustangs 9-5, Laurier Golden Hawks blanked McMaster 2-0 and Waterloo surprised top-seeded Brock Badgers 5-3.

Saturday’s semifinals have Queen’s against Laurier at 11 a.m. and Waterloo playing Toronto at 3 p.m.

Winners advance to Sunday’s championship match.

  • Guelph Sports Journal